This week I went to the mountain with the Lusk Family in Rigby, Idaho to find a Christmas tree.

Of course, I had my camera with me and was ready to take the first few portraits of the snow season. I was walking down this trail on the mountain and I saw a sunbeam peek through the pine trees and create this beautiful pattern of light to beautifully lit up the scene. Almost immediately I had Hannah Lusk, the youngest daughter of the family stand in the right position I that I can get a few shot of her.

With the large aperture of the Canon 50mm f/1.8, the bokeh sunlight on the pine trees make Hannah’s portrait look magical.

But it wasn’t magical enough for me right out of camera.


Hannah’s portrait right out of the camera.

In post production, with Adobe Photoshop, I decided to add snow and retouch the image a little bit. Here’s the final result:


Adding snow really help add emotion to the portrait.

 Take a look again at the before and after to see the magic happens



To learn how to add snow in Photoshop, check out this tutorial by Phlearn